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I wasn't entirely sure what to expect going into this. I had a feeling like this was either a book that took itself way too seriously for the wanna-be goth crowd, in which case it might be free comedy, or it would simply be a who's who in the world of negative folklore. This book is decidedly of the latter type, for which I'm thankful. Hey, sometimes you just have to take a chance and see for yourself. Essentially it breaks down the different kinds of entities by associated element: earth, air, fire, water. For example, mermaids, selkies, and nereids are water while djinn and demons are fire, and so on. Under each entry, it gives stories from lore and tells you how to beat them according to tradition. It rarely tells you why these methods work, only that they do, and as you might expect, some of the ways of dispatching these fiends will leave you scratching your head or laughing. But then, that's half the fun of folklore. Well, it is for me, at any rate.
This sort of book and a handful like it probably populate the shelves of every fantasy writer you can name. It's the sort of thing that inspires storytelling without forcing you to travel down every dead-ended rabbit hole on the internet to track down a given monster. Granted, it's not that easy to track them down in an audio format either, so a print version is probably better for writers who need a reference book. But for a few hours of entertainment for the average enthusiast, this one's a good primer for all the basics worldwide.
11 of 12 people found this review helpful
Not what I was expecting. Did not take me long to know it was not for me.
I should have listened to the audio sample first. i just assumed for the very expensive price that you will listen to a professional and not someone that sounds like they are high on Valium. Narrator needs a lot more coaching. I really struggled to listen to her monotonous voice and totally ruined it for me. For the price I would expect to listen to a professional as even she sounded bored with herself. I really wasted my money here. I think I should read the book instead of listening , because I can hardly remember a thing she said. The book is more like a dictionary than a story. Really interesting though..just can't get over the bad narration.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
A strangely interesting book, I'm unsure whether I think it's fluffy clouds or solid fact ( purely my thinking), which I will read again. Did I like the book, yes I think I did. Would I recommend it, yes it is worth giving it a try.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful